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Sen. Donnelly blasts Trump for comments made in Helsinki

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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

On Friday, Donnelly--who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee--called for President Trump to cancel that meeting.

“When given the chance to stand up for our country and its security interests, President Trump instead emboldened President Putin and disregarded the consensus conclusion of the hard-working and patriotic Americans in the intelligence community, including Director of National Intelligence and fellow Hoosier Dan Coats,” Donnelly said. “This meeting was a setback for American national security. We must not tolerate efforts by Russia or other actors that disrupt our democracy or undermine our interests around the globe.”

“For more than a year, the entire United States intelligence community has agreed that Russia, under the direction of President Putin, attempted to influence the 2016 election,” the statement said. Friday’s indictments from the Special Counsel, announced by the Department of Justice, came before Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sounded the warning of a potentially devastating cyberattack on U.S. systems and citing that among state actors ‘Russia has been the most aggressive foreign actor, no question.’”


Posted 7/17/2018






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